First we had a wonderful breakfast two weeks ago at Danny Meyer's Maialino located in the Gramercy Park Hotel. We started with Donuts and Cream and Toffee Glazed Brioche. Both were heavenly pastry beginnings! Next we enjoyed Ricotta Pancakes with Peach Compote and Maple Syrup and Baked Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce & Guanciale, both of us chose roasted potatoes with rosemary for our side dish. The food was amazing, the room is bright and open with huge windows overlooking Gramercy Park. Service was relaxed and sufficient. All in all a very good experience. Want to return for Dinner soon!!
From there we browsed through Fishes Eddy, on of all time favorite places, to stroll the displays of dishes we don't need! If you've never been go, or visit online it's always tempting!
After Fishes Eddy we went to Paragon Sports to do some sneaker shopping. Got a new pair of high top Nikes. Haven't even had a chance to break them in!
Now we trek up to 23rd and Fifth to check out the newly opened Eataly. It literally had opened the previous afternoon @4 p.m. First impression: WOW! You can read the details in an article from EATER, NY here. It is truly a sensory overload! Of course it was busy, and we arrived a little after 11. We marvelled at all the food counters and amazed and the fresh products then strolled the "grocery aisles" filled with wonderful imported Italian products from dried mushrooms, to dried pasta, to the Olive Oils and Vinegars! By 12 the place was jammed with lunch-goers snapping up tables and ordering from the various venues!
We walked around in awe and decided to take it all in this trip and come back prepared to shop in the near future! We did succumb to temptation in the wine store and brought home two bottles of Bastianich wines, one a Rose, that we weren't overly impressed with. We drink Roses in the summer a lot and this year discovered some awesome Spanish versions to join our usual French favorites. But the Bastianich was weak in comparison. Have higher hopes for the white we brought home. Will report on it after we've drunk it.
Nana got to shake Joe B's hand, that was the only sighting we had, Mario and Lidia were not there or at least not visibly. It's a very exciting market and we all hope they do very well. Already planning to add it to our out of towners lists of must dos on their next visits.
Here are some random pictures and you can see more in the article referenced above.
Drooling for our return trip! More "cathcing up" to come, stay tuned!